Let me share a secret -- Dennis Kucinich sends me emails.
Why, may you ask, am I email buddies with the Ohio congressman?
Is it because of his principled, courageous opposition to endless and pointless war?
Or because he was one of the very few who voted against the Patriot Act?
Or his positions on gay rights or universal healthcare?
Hmm, where was I?
Oh yeah, I was saying I received an email from the Congressman just last night, explaining why he is settling his olive pit sandwich lawsuit:
Though I would prefer to focus your attention on my work dealing with the profoundly important issues that face our nation, such as job creation, getting the economy back on track, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - it seems that some are more interested in discussing my personal dental issues. Given the degree of public interest you should know some details:Okay, this is WAY too much information.
This injury required nearly two years, three dental surgeries, and a substantial amount of money to rectify.
The legal action you have heard about was filed due to the severity, expense and duration of the dental injury, the complications which followed and which still persist. I wanted to resolve this matter without filing a lawsuit. The events below involved numerous dental visits, more than are detailed in this summary.The dental injury set in motion a chain of dental and medical events.
When I bit into the olive pit, (unbeknown to me at the time), upon impact the tooth split in half, vertically through the crown and the tooth, below the level of the bone. Externally there was no evidence of a break. This was not about aesthetics. The internal structure of the tooth was rendered nonrestorable.Although the pain was excruciating, I shook it off and I went right back to work.
This tooth is a key tooth which anchored my upper bridgework. The injured tooth and the bone above it became infected. I took a course of antibiotics for the infection, had an adverse reaction to the antibiotics which caused me to have an intestinal obstruction and emergency medical intervention.
Later, my dentist referred me to a specialist who informed me that the damaged tooth had to be removed. A third dentist removed the tooth and I was fitted for a temporary partial. I waited for the bone to heal. An implant was placed, but it failed. Many months later still a second implant succeeded. My bridgework had to be completely reconfigured, a new partial was designed, so this injury did not affect only one tooth, but rather involved six (6) replacement teeth as well. A new crown with a new precision attachment was engineered and put in place. To clarify, no dental expenses were covered by any health plan, nor did I have dental insurance that covered the injury, which, until it was resolved, affected my ability to chew food properly.
It's starting to feel like I'm listening to my grandparents prattle on about their doctor visits over a bagel in Boca -- enough already.
There's no need to be defensive about filing a lawsuit -- indeed, there's nothing wrong with litigation if there is no other way to resolve a dispute.
And it appears that it took the filing of the suit to get the responsible parties to come to the table.
Again, that's a positive.
So use your repaired teeth to give your wife a smooch and try to get in the news for something else next time.